Former WBO welterweight champion, Jeff Horn, and Australian bogeyman, Anthony Mundine, are very close to securing a deal for a domestic super-fight.
Both parties have agreed to many of the terms of the fight. However, weight and location are still being negotiated.
Horn’s manager, Glenn Rushton, insists the venue should be decided by the Queensland Government support.
“It’s quite simple if the Queensland Government decides to back the fight as they did for the Pacquiao bout it will be in Brisbane,” he said, speaking to the Courier Mail. “If the support isn’t there it could go to New South Wales or even South Australia.”
Both fighters are currently in training, with a proposed fight date of November 17 in mind for their domestic showdown.
Aside from the venue, the only other potential stumbling block is the weight limit.
“We have already conceded a lot to Anthony and his team,” Rushton told the Courier Mail. “We have agreed to a 50/50 split and to the fight being a co-promotion rather than our promoter Dean Lonergan staging the event alone.
“But we are not budging on the 154lbs. Anthony agreed to that at the start of negotiations before changing his mind, but we are staying firm. Jeff is already coming up from 147lbs, so he is giving away a lot of size to start with.
“We cannot afford to make a mistake with this fight. We are rebuilding Jeff towards becoming world champion again, and we are not going to give Anthony the head start he wants.’’
Emaid Dib, brother of former world champion, Billy Dib, and advisor to Mundine, insists the fight is essentially a done deal.
“Anthony is very confident he can beat Jeff,” Dib said. “He has already started light training for the fight, and we will ensure he has the best preparation of his career.
“He wants his input into the venue, and his preference is to fight in Sydney. This could be his last fight, and he’s looking to go out with a big win over someone who is very highly regarded.”